Microsoft Office arrives on Chromebooks via Google Play Store

Microsoft Office Finally Arrives on Chromebooks Everywhere

Microsoft Office arrives on Chromebooks via Google Play Store

"So, like we do, we checked every Chrome OS device we have and can confirm they all show every Office app in the Play Store ready for download", says Robby Payne of Chrome Unboxed. If your Chromebook has a display that's 10.1-inches or smaller, you can use these Office apps in all their document-editing glory for free.

Microsoft Office has been available on Google's Chromebook Pixel for a while now, but the arrival of the suite to all Chromebooks is a big move for Microsoft and a nod to the growing popularity of Google's lightweight laptops.

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The apps' arrival is not too surprising, though, as Microsoft had said a year ago it would make full Android versions of Microsoft Office apps available to all compatible devices when the Google Play Store for Chromebooks exited beta. However in 2017, Google promised all launches of Chromebook in 2017 will support Google Play.

Office apps have always been corralled to only a particular set of Chromebooks, with no apparent rules or reason behind it. The only device that seems to consistently have access to working Office apps was Google's own Pixelbook. Among other models, Office apps appear to be on the Samsung Chromebook Pro, the Pixelbook, and two models of the Acer Chromebook 15. (A list of which select devices are able to run Google Play is available here). However, for Chromebook owners who prefer to work on Microsoft's apps instead of Google Docs, the wait for Microsoft Office software has been far too long. You need an Office 365 subscription to actually save and edit a document, but if you're paying the $7-per-month fee, you can now fire up the apps on a Chromebook.

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Microsoft hasn't (yet) provided a comment on the news of the apps' arrival.

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